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Regenerative Medicine at the Navy Medical Research Center

March 11, 2020

After finishing up at Walter Reed and attending
morning rounds, I go to the Naval Medical Research Center to touch base with the basic
science team. And they’re engaged in pre-clinical research, benchtop research, if you will.
So I’ll meet with them and go over the projects and make sure everything’s on track. I serve as department head for the Naval Medical
Research Center’s regenerative medicine department. So we focus on complications like heterotopic
ossification, which is the formation of bone in soft tissues. We focus on wound healing,
and we also focus on improving the lives of patients with amputations. So let’s go take a look at the lab. One
of the experiments that’s ongoing right now is to determine whether a nerve injury
commonly seen after a blast requires surgical treatment. If the nerve doesn’t recover, it requires
surgery to be replaced. If the nerve is going to recover or has the capacity to recover,
it’s better off if it were to recover on its own, without surgery. So the purpose of
this experiment is to differentiate between nerves that have the capacity to heal from
nerves that don’t. The ultimate goal would be to use this technology to help guide surgical
decision-making in the early phases of wound debridements. One of the biggest benefits of being in the
Military is being put into a leadership position relatively early in your career. I’ve had
the opportunity to do that, both on the clinical side and on the research side. And this is
not something that would happen in the civilian setting until much later in one’s career.


  • Reply C PT February 5, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Interesting…so how close are we to giving vets back their lost limbs?

  • Reply Danielle Lesser October 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Peter Gale

    You are doing great job! Thanks.

    Check this out:


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